Published May 19, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Arizona's top government utilities agency is threatening lights out for Los Angeles if the city follows through with a planned boycott in protest of the new immigration law.
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce noted in a letter to L.A.'s mayor that 25 percent of his city's electricity comes from Arizona power plants, but that could easily change: "If an economic boycott is truly what you desire — I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to re-negotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation."
Another California city just 40 miles south of Los Angeles is going in a different direction on the immigration issue. The Costa Mesa City Council has passed a resolution that declares itself a rule of law city.
The Orange County Register reports the resolution says immigration laws will be enforced, and people in the country illegally are not welcome. Costa Mesa Republican Mayor Allan Mansoor, who is running for state assembly and proposed the resolution, says: "I have a lot of concerns with cities calling themselves sanctuary cities. It's important we state that we do not support illegal immigration."
But opponents of the resolution are worried the declaration will paint the city in a bad light and polarize the community.
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And finally, Pakistan's government has effectively de-friended Facebook, ordering Internet service providers to block the social networking site amid anger over a web page that encourages users to post images of Islam's prophet Mohammed.
At least 2,000 students rallied in the southern city of Karachi in support of the ban. The government made the call after a group of Islamic lawyers won a court order requiring officials to block Facebook until the end of the month.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.